Journalist Fabrizio Romano has given his opinion on Liverpool's decision to sell Sadio Mane earlier this summer.
The winger departed Anfield and joined Bayern Munich for a transfer fee of £28.80 million. Mane was a terrific player for Liverpool.
The 30-year-old scored 120 goals and registered 49 assists in 269 appearances for the club's first-team. Mane also won six major trophies with the Reds.
However, Romano believes that Liverpool made the right call allowing the Senegal international to depart Anfield.
"If you ask me, I don’t think selling Mane was a mistake, because when a player wants to leave, there is no point in keeping him at the club," he told Caught Offside, as quoted Anfield Watch's Twitter account.
"Mane asked repeatedly and with conviction to try a new experience, so Liverpool in my opinion have done well to accept and it will take time to start a new era without a star like Sadio.
"Changing his mind was impossible, after the (Champions League) final in Paris, Mane was clear with the club: he only wanted to join Bayern Munich.”
Anfield Watch Verdict
We completely agree with Romano's take. The reality is, Mane wanted to try something new and he was out of contract come July 2023.
Also, the winger is 30 years of age. So, Mane's career is coming to an end.
Liverpool made the right call by moving the Senegal international on. It's an obvious thing to say, but players can't represent a football club forever.
Someone will eventually replace Mane. The club will survive until then. We wish the team all the best for the remainder of the season.